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Women win half of Ethiopia’s cabinet roles in reshuffle

Prime minister Abiy Ahmed creates new peace ministry in the latest in a string of changes Ethiopias prime minister has appointed women to half the posts in his cabinet and created a new ministry of peace in a sweeping reshuffle that will reinforce the momentum of his radical reform programme in the vast, strategically significant African country. Abiy Ahmed has turned the regions politics on its head with picked for the top job by the EPRDF council. He is the first leader from the former emperor, Haile Selassie.

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‘You tell me’: China ambassador stumped on who aids Trump on trade

Cui Tiankai says other diplomats in DC face same problem while economic adviser Kudlow says China talks unsatisfactory Chinas ambassador to the US said on Sunday he and other diplomats in Washington did not know which advisers Donald Trump turns to when forming policy on trade. Cui Tiankai was asked on Peter Navarro, is a tariffs hardliner and ultra-loyalist who seems to have the presidents ear. Speaking a column published by Fox this week, Navarro linked policies meant to protect US businesses to the emergence of China as a major…

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Melania Trump parts company with husband’s agenda in ABC interview

First lady contradicts Donald Trumps America-first doctrine and backs chain migration while defending her fashion choices First lady Melania Trump has laid out a vision of the role of the US in the world that is markedly different from her husbands America-first policy, while seemingly breaking with the presidents stance on restricting immigration. Speaking to ABCs Tom Llamas in an interview recorded in Kenya last week, Trump also said the #MeToo movement had at times gone too far. If somebody is accused with stuff that its not correct as they…

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SoftBank punt on WeWork office space hub is risky business

Workspace company makes substantial losses and providing short-term office space is notoriously cyclical WeWork, according to the founders blurb, is a place you join as an individual, me, but where you become part of a greater we. A place where were redefining success measured by personal fulfilment, not just the bottom line. Very uplifting, but youd probably think twice before investing. Funky murals and cheese-tasting events for tenants are eye-catching but, in the end, WeWork is a provider of office space on short-term leases, which is a notoriously cyclical game.…

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Salvadoran priest Oscar Romero to be declared saint by Pope Francis

The canonisation of the assassinated archbishop will take place on Sunday in Rome Oscar Romero, the Salvadoran priest who championed social justice for the poor and dispossessed, will be proclaimed a saint by Pope Francis in a canonisation ceremony in Rome on Sunday, almost four decades after he was assassinated by a rightwing death squad. The former archbishop of San Salvador, who was closely associated with the Latin American liberation theology movement of the 1960s and 70s, will be canonised along with six others at the ceremony in St Peters…

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Guatemala’s former vice-president jailed for 15 years on corruption charges

Roxana Baldetti was found guilty of fraud for involvement in a bogus multimillion-dollar scheme to clean up a contaminated lake Guatemalas former vice-president Roxana Baldetti has been jailed for more than 15 years on corruption charges linked to a multimillion-dollar fraud over a bogus scheme to clean up a contaminated lake, thanks to an investigation backed by the UN crime fighting force. Public prosecutors backed by the battling to save the in defiance of court orders ruling the ban unconstitutional. Velsquez welcomed Baldettis verdict brought down the of Read more:…

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Protest and parade on the streets of San Francisco

The 80s were a decade of demonstration for California photographer Janet Delaney. As her photos are collected in a book and the city stirs again she talks about her work In 1981, at the start of the Reagan years, photographer Janet Delaney decamped from the South of Market or SoMa neighbourhood in her beloved San Francisco, where she had lived since her teens, to a new home in the Mission district. Aged just 29, she had spent the previous few years documenting social change and gentrification in SoMa. I was…

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Mexican mob burns detective to death in child abduction scare

Three other men taken captive in incident in state of Hidalgo with video posted online shows mob beating man in town square A mob of about 100 people in the central Mexican state of Hidalgo doused a detective with gasoline and burned him to death, according to local officials. The Hidalgo state prosecutors office said the crowd attacked local police in the town of Metepec on Thursday and took the detective and three other men captive. They severely beat the men and burned the detective after dousing him with fuel.…

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Pollution pushes Mongolia’s herders to reconsider city life

Bright lights of Ulaanbaatar have been overshadowed by smog worse than Beijing, prompting calls to modernise countryside so millions can return More than a decade ago, Darii Garam, 76, moved to Ulaanbaatar with her children so they could go to school and find work beyond herding animals in the countryside. Now, the pollution, set to worsen in the approaching winter, is getting to her. Even just going outside for a second, opening your door, your home fills with smoke, your clothes, everything smells like it, she says moving around her…

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Trump officials move to restrict immigrants who use public benefits

Proposals mean permanent residence applicants could be judged a burden for receiving legal benefits like food aid The Trump administration on Saturday said it would propose making it harder for foreigners living in the United States to qualify for permanent US residency if they have received public benefits such as food aid, public housing or Medicaid. The proposed regulation from the Department of Homeland Security would instruct immigration officers to consider whether a person has received a range of taxpayer-funded benefits to which they are legally entitled in determining whether…

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Kim Jong-un greets Moon Jae-in as inter-Korean summit starts

Leaders take part in highly choreographed opening to three days of talks in Pyongyang, North Korea Kim Jong-un has greeted the South Korean president to cheers from crowds assembled at North Koreas Pyongyang airport as the pair begin their third summit. The North Korean leader emerged from the airport building to raucous cheering and walked up to President Moon Jae-in. The two leaders embraced and flashed wide smiles. South Korean President Moon Jae-in hugs North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un Photograph: AP The highly choreographed meeting set to dramatic music provided…

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Italian deputy PM threatens ‘polluting’ press with ad boycott

M5Ss Luigi Di Maio could ask state-run companies to stop placing adverts in newspapers Italys deputy prime minister has threatened to pull advertising by state-run companies in newspapers as he accused them of polluting the political debate every day. The intervention by Luigi Di Maio, who leads the Five Star Movement (M5S), was the latest in a long-running series of attacks by the party on the media, and echoed tirades by Donald Trump, who has called American journalists enemies of the people. Di Maio said the government was preparing a…

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Five dead following shootout in Mexico City’s ‘mariachi’ plaza

Gunmen dressed as mariachi musicians opened fire in the tourist spot, say witnesses A shootout at a Mexico City plaza famed for its live music bars left three men and two women dead, officials said on Saturday, a day after gunmen said by witnesses to be dressed as mariachi musicians opened fire with rifles and pistols. Eight others, including one foreigner, were injured in the incident at the Plaza Garibaldi in the capitals historic downtown, the city prosecutors office said in a statement, without disclosing identities of any of the…

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Saudi-led forces renew push to take key Yemen port from Houthi rebels

Dozens of fighters believed killed in clashes in Hodeidah after breakdown of UN-led peace talks Saudi Arabia has responded to the entry point for 80% of the aid into the country. Aid agencies said local UN staff were reporting that the bombardment is the worst, by far, of any since the [Red Sea] campaign started in early June, and involves not only airstrikes and shelling but also bombardment from naval ships. Humanitarian staff on the ground reported an almost continuous presence of Saudi/UAE coalition aircraft over Hodeidah since Friday night.…

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The former Colombian rebels weaving a route into civilian life

Former Farc guerrillas unused to a life beyond war have turned to the sewing machines that once tailored their battle fatigues to earn a living Edison Sanchez smooths out a piece of fabric and begins work on a clattery electric sewing machine. Just two years ago, this same piece of equipment was used to make fighters fatigues deep in the guerilla camps of the Colombian mountains. A member of the Farc, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, since he was 15, Sanchez, now 33, has been learning how to sew…

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